ABA Journal

Debra Cassens Weiss

Senior Writer (Web)

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Debra Cassens Weiss, a senior writer for the web, joined the ABA Journal staff in 1986. She was previously the managing editor, an assistant managing editor and news editor. She had worked as a news researcher for WMAQ-TV in Chicago, as a reporter and editor at the City News Bureau of Chicago, and as a newscaster at WMRO and WAUR radio (Aurora, Ill.). Weiss has a JD from DePaul University College of Law and a BA in English from the University of Illinois.

Recent Articles

Afternoon Briefs: $75M verdict for exonerated half brothers; surprise at high-profile lawyer’s disbarment
May 17, 2021, 03:12 pm CDT

Requirement for jury unanimity in serious cases isn’t retroactive, Supreme Court rules
May 17, 2021, 12:28 pm CDT

SCOTUS rules against warrantless seizure of guns while man is in hospital for suicide evaluation
May 17, 2021, 11:01 am CDT

In challenge to Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court will consider ban on abortions before viability
May 17, 2021, 09:47 am CDT

Afternoon Briefs: Trump-boosting fake lawyer sentenced; 3 of Biden’s new judicial picks have public defender experience
May 13, 2021, 04:19 pm CDT

Federal judge admonishes BigLaw firm and former partner for description of opposing counsel
May 13, 2021, 03:44 pm CDT

Disbarment recommended for lawyer accused of ramming car into rented vehicle on ex’s driveway, spitting on cops
May 13, 2021, 12:52 pm CDT

Judge is taken aback when defendant logs in to Zoom arraignment with obscene screen name
May 13, 2021, 11:07 am CDT

Jones Day documents, hacked in vendor breach, reveal Chicago drone program details
May 13, 2021, 09:43 am CDT

Afternoon Briefs: Cops charged with selling crash info to lawyers; deal reached on McGahn testimony
May 12, 2021, 04:30 pm CDT

As the legal profession ages, dementia becomes an increasing concern
May 12, 2021, 03:35 pm CDT

Fee applications in Boy Scouts bankruptcy exceed $100M; judge calls total ‘staggering’
May 12, 2021, 12:36 pm CDT

After DLA Piper standardizes associate pay across markets, other law firms also boost pay
May 12, 2021, 11:16 am CDT

Citing First Amendment, 4th Circuit reverses conviction for retired Air Force officer’s use of N-word
May 12, 2021, 10:33 am CDT

Afternoon Briefs: NRA bankruptcy petition tossed; prosecutors say man imprisoned for over 40 years is innocent
May 11, 2021, 04:32 pm CDT

Judge accused of assaulting cursing defendant wishes recording of incident had audio
May 11, 2021, 03:16 pm CDT

If not removed, rock with Confederate flag should be factored into custody dispute, appeals court says
May 11, 2021, 02:36 pm CDT

Lawyer who told judge he had no knowledge of suit filed under his name gets no prison time for lie
May 11, 2021, 12:36 pm CDT

Chemerinsky op-ed calls on Justice Breyer to retire now
May 11, 2021, 10:15 am CDT

Afternoon Briefs: Transgender patients protected; gender gap persists in SCOTUS arguments
May 10, 2021, 04:33 pm CDT

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